Aboriginal Themed Resources

  • Aboriginal Perspectives: The Teacher's Toolkit  ... The toolkit was developed by the Ontario Ministry of Education to support elementary teachers in integrating First Nation, Metis, and Inuit histories, cultures and perspectives.
  • Good Minds  is a good source for purchasing bias-free teaching and educational resources related to Native American, First Nations, Indigenous and Aboriginal studies.
  • TDSB Aboriginal Education Library The Aboriginal Education Centre provides aboriginal resources to TDSB staff and students. It has over 800 books, sound recordings and videos. Contact: Kitty Sill at 416-393-9600, Kitty.Sill@tdsb.on.ca 90 Croatia St., Toronto, M6H 1K9
  •  INDIGENOUS AND NORTHERN AFFAIRS CANADA Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada has an extensive website with historical to present day information about First Nations, Inuit, Metis and Urban populations in Canada. First Nations People in CanadThe most complete information on the site is about First Nations People including traditional ways and current perspectives and issues. Also includes links to other sites. Classroom Resources provides some links and free resources for your classroom.
  • Keepers of the Earth, Keepers of the Animals, Keepers of Life, Keepers of the Night Sky are all books by Michael Caduto and Joseph Bruchac that include Native American stories and environmental activities for children.
  • The Arctic Winter Games documents the continued sharing of culture, games and values of the Inuit through the annual winter games. 

Suggested Books

book cover of shi shi etko


by Nicola I. Campbell
illustrated by Kim LaFave

With just four days to go before young Shi-shi-etko leaves her family and all that she knows to attend residential school, she carefully gathers her memories for safekeeping.This poetic account includes richly hued illustrations as it describes a child who finds solace all around her, even though she is on the verge of great loss - a loss that aboriginal people have endured for generations due to the residential schools system.
book cover of nanabosho

Nanabosho, Soaring Eagle and the Great Sturgeon

by Joe McLellani
illustrated by Rhian Brynjolson 

A story of two Ojibway girls and a Nanaboshu legend that the grandfather shares that teaches the importance of fishing sustainably so that future generations will also be able to fish.
book cover of the elders are watching

The Elders Are Watching

by David Bouchard
illustrated by Roy Henry Vickers
This book is a plea to respect the treasures of the natural environment with a message from aboriginal elders of the past.
book cover of muskrat swimming

Muskrat Will Be Swimming

by Cheryl Savageau
illustrated by Robert Hynes
This is the story of a young girl being teased for living by the lake in the wilderness. Her grandfather shares a Seneca Creation story about Skywoman being helped by the birds and animals that teaches her to embrace her identity and the beauty of her home.

fire by friction demo

3 snowshoes

teepee with children